November 15, 2019
KCNA Naenara (En)

Stone Buddha Dating Back to Koryo Dynasty Discovered

Date: 08/11/2019 | Source: Naenara (En) | Read original version at source

Recently, a group of researchers from the History Faculty of Kim Il Sung University and the Archaeological Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences unearthed a stone Buddha dating back to Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) in Songhyon-ri of Onchon County, Nampho Municipality of the DPRK.

The stone Buddha consists of body and platform. Its body is 235 cm high and 84-91 cm wide and the chest and foot is 22 cm and 26 cm thick each.

The stone Buddha, made of white granite, stands on the platform with a lotus flower in relief. Engraved in the upper part of the platform are 12 lotus leaves, each of which is 12 cm in length and 1-1.2 cm in width. One leave in the middle part got blurred by the weather action but the others are clear.

It is believed to be a pharmacist Buddha as it holds a gallipot in his two hands.

Meanwhile, many remains were also discovered during the study. Among them are tiles with a fir leaf and other patterns made in the periods of Koryo Dynasty and the feudal Joson dynasty (1392-1910), various broken porcelains, two iron-arrowheads, two old metallic currency and two flat iron pieces.

Through academic study of them, the stone Buddha is estimated to be built in the early 10th century at the outset of Koryo.KCNA

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